Behind the Scenes

It has been over a year since our last post, so we thought it might be a good time to re-introduce readers to the Zine Union Catalog and our current staff.

We are a union catalog dedicated to zines. A union catalog is a resource where libraries can share cataloging and holdings information. The Zine Union Catalog (ZineCat) allows researchers to discover zine holdings by searching a single catalog and helps librarians copy catalog records to facilitate lending across libraries. ZineCat serves educators, researchers, librarians, archivists, and anyone in the general public with an interest in zines. Our goal is to welcome zine collections around the globe to upload and share their zines.

The Zine Union Catalog was first discussed by zine librarians at the first Zine Librarians unConference held in Seattle in 2009. Read more about the history of the project on the Zine Libraries website.

ZineCat is currently organized by:

Jenna FreedmanProject Co-Manager
Bio: Jenna Freedman is a zine maker and zine librarian. She founded and curates the Barnard Zine Library at Barnard College, where she also serves as the Associate Director of Communications and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Librarian. This project culminates her work at the CUNY Graduate Center. A product of public school education, Jenna earned her MLIS at the University of South Florida and her BA in theater at SUNY New Paltz. Jenna’s research and practice are primarily in the field of zine librarianship, a topic on which she writes and speaks frequently.

Lauren KehoeProject Co-Manager
Bio: Lauren Kehoe is the Accessibility and Accommodations Librarian at New York University. She received her undergraduate degree in Dramatic Literature from NYU in 2003, her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009, and her MA in Digital Humanities from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2020. Lauren is interested in supporting researchers and scholars in the library through proven and new methods of engaging with information.

Eric Goldhagen Freedman – Project Developer
Bio: Eric Goldhagen Freedman is a technologist, media producer, and EMT. After 20 years of managing Openflows Community Technology Cooperative he has recently started to work independently, supporting Non Profit Organizations, NGOs and advocacy groups use of technology. In the 1990s he initiated a project at ABC No Rio, a community-arts center in Manhattan that grew into a free public-access computer center for the neighborhood. Eric also teaches and gives presentations on the history and practice of Open Source/Free Software and software licenses at various conferences and academic institutions.

Jennifer Chen-su Huang – Outreach & Documentation Coordinator
Bio: Jennifer Chen-su Huang is an artist and writer whose process-driven works interweave elements of craft tradition, language, history, and memoir. She graduated with her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Jennifer is currently an editor for the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of World Textiles and a graduate student at NYU where she is examining textile traditions through the lens of Performance Studies.

White and calico cat poses next to a white zine about cats.
Enyo, feline friend of zine librarian Kassi Grace, poses next to a zine about cats by Jesse Irwin.

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